Alex Tagliani will start the 97th edition of the Indianapolis 500 from middle of the fourth row, a long way from the pole position he earned just two seasons ago.
The native of the Montreal suburb of Lachenaie, however, takes solace in the fact that in two days of qualifying last week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway he was the fastest of all drivers using Honda engines.
All that means, however, is that the Chevrolets claimed all of the top 10 spots on the grid for the start of the self proclaimed ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ come Sunday afternoon.
Tagliani, though, absolutely believes that Honda will step up big time and by the time the recorded rendition of ‘Back Home In Indiana’ is sung, they will be on equal footing with their American counterparts.
“Honda is not going to sit back,” Tagliani said. “I am certain Honda will give us an engine that will be more than competitive with the Chevys.”